Category Archives: Teacher education

Implications of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development in Teacher Education

One of the major themes in Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory is the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development was created with child development in mind. Unfortunately, Vygotsky lived a short life and never proposed any specific methodology … Continue reading

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Early Childhood and Neuroscience – Links to Development and Learning

This volume dispels neuro-myths and gives insight into how to use neuroscience to understand and utilize the information gleaned to educate young children. Each chapter discusses a different topic that is intertwined with neuroscience and how it impacts young children. … Continue reading

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Democratization and Cultural Resistance in South African Teacher Education

The transformation of South African higher education has significantly altered the teacher education system resulting in an unintended decreased in the number of recruits into and graduates from teacher education programmes, as well as acute teacher shortages in subject areas … Continue reading

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Fitting Teacher Education in/to/for an Increasingly Complex World

Oriented by complexity thinking and informed by a selection of “game-changing” research findings in the educational literature, we describe a set of innovations to a teacher education program. These innovations include broad awareness of theories of learning, specialization across levels, … Continue reading

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Global Learning through the lens of Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory

Vygotsky saw mental and cultural development as ‘mediated’ by artefacts, including tools and signs. He used his ‘genetic method’ to investigate higher cognitive processes in historical context. These insights are foundational to sociocultural theory, which is widely used in education … Continue reading

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